Entrepreneurs share who is more important: a business partner or a romantic partner
President/CEO of The Advisor Suite
The order of priorities in anyone’s life is first, their higher power, second themselves, third, their spouse, forth, their kids, fifth, their work, and sixth, their community.
Any other order suggests a fear-based behavior that may be out of balance.
Personally, I have missed too many family moments because I was scared something would fail.
I noticed that when I set boundaries with work, the work still got done.
It’s about prioritization and putting the most meaningful relationships first.
Your work will never be as intimate as your spouse.
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Lead Editor of Best Reviews UK
I guess both have their individual importance.
But the choices we make and how many preferences we give decide what is more important to a person.
Choosing only one of them is very hard.
It’s even not wise to just focus on one of them and ignoring the other.
Relationships give us strength, compassion, and stability.
On the other hand, a career presents us with experience, status, power, and financial building.
In order to be happy in our life we have to make a balance between the two, and give equal emphasis on both.
Best Reviews UK
Director of Jamjar
Balancing your work and personal life is tricky at the best of times but as an entrepreneur, it’s harder to make sure you’re finding enough time to spend on your business efforts and the people that you love.
Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone.
It takes a lot of organisational skills, time and effort to reach the level that you want to be at without hindering any of your relationships with the people closest to you.
It’s important to note that your loved ones do more for you than you realise.
On a subconscious level, being around your significant other can help to relax you and make you feel comfortable as you unwind.
I think that most people know that family should be their priority and so I would say that loved ones are more important than a business partner.
This is due to the fact that if you’ve found the right business partner, they’ll understand if you need to reserve some time for your family, they’ll support that and do what they can to make it happen.
But, like with everything, there needs to be a give and take.
Sometimes business matters will need urgent attention too and so I think that the right significant other would be willing to see that and support you in any way they can.
CEO of Select Date Society
There will be times when your business will take precedence over everything else in your life, including your romantic partner, but making your business the most important thing in your life at all times will leave you without a romantic partner.
A healthy life requires balance.
There will be times when your romantic partner will need to be your priority and there will be times when your romantic partner will need to understand that your business needs to be your priority.
The two should complement each other, not compete.
As a matchmaker, I work with successful CEO’s and Entrepreneurs who work extremely hard, but tell me that they work hard so that they can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle and having the right person to enjoy life with is even more important than success in business.
Human beings need connection and partnership.
You can try to get that connection through work, but it will never replace the connection you have with a romantic partner.
Select Date Society
CMO of avXperten
Comparing the importance of one’s business partner and romantic partner is like comparing apples to oranges.
They’re both fruit but they’re definitely not the same.
I believe that the people who are facing this kind of problem aren’t actually having difficulty with both partners but are probably struggling with maintaining a work/life balance.
In order to achieve this balance, one must first start from square one.
Reassess your strategies, schedule your time, and most of all, take care of your health and make sure to relax.
It may seem difficult at first, but you’ll get used to it after a couple of weeks.
Sometimes the problems that we see are actually just effects of another so that’s why it’s important to be attentive not just to our surroundings but ourselves as well.
CEO and Co-Founder of Origen Air
Because my husband is also a cofounder of our biotech company Origen Clean, I am in the unique position where my business partner IS my romantic partner.
Everybody knows that startups can be a little chaotic.
As a business partner, my husband’s role is to help me make the tough calls, and push us towards growth.
As a romantic partner, his role is to support me through the ups and downs.
There are no individual problems for couples – one partner’s problem inevitably becomes the other partner’s concern.
Both of us know what is at stake and are in the same boat.
Being married and knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses helps establish role clarity early on to maximize available resources.
Starting a tech company is one of the hardest things you will ever do, and doing it alone makes it so much harder.
It helps to have someone you love by your side.
CEO of Caption Easy
Don’t get me wrong — my business partner is great and all but he’s not the person I look forward to seeing at the end of every exhausting work day.
In fact, it’s mostly the opposite.
When the clock hits 6, I’m raring to get away from work and everything work-related so I can go home and have a nice dinner with my romantic partner.
So, there’s no question about it — if I had to pick between my business partner and my romantic partner, I’d go with my romantic partner every time.
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